73 Responses to “Dean's Design Prize”

  1. Barbara Settel

    May 26th, 2009

    Since I cannot attend the June 9 workshop with Margie Hughto, I would like to share my thoughts which are inspired by a work which is installed at Middlebury College Library, a mural (by artist Matt Mullican) which displays a variety of symbols related to language and writing. Here’s a link to a picture and a description http://www.middlebury.edu/arts/capp/mural/mural.htm This piece focuses on how we acquire knowledge through writing, but it is very broad in scope, including representations from alphabets to astrological charts and even floor plans of the library itself.
    For us, I would like to see Margie’s work incorporate some of the “traditional” symbols of language and knowledge, such as hieroglyphics, (which are also beautiful visual designs) but also, since we are an ischool, include representations of a programming language or bits of digital data – which represent the information world we live in today.

  2. Barbara Settel

    May 26th, 2009

    Since I cannot attend the June 9 workshop with Margie Hughto, I would like to share my thoughts which are inspired by a work which is installed at Middlebury College Library, a mural (by artist Matt Mullican) which displays a variety of symbols related to language and writing. Here’s a link to a picture and a description http://www.middlebury.edu/arts/capp/mural/mural.htm This piece focuses on how we acquire knowledge through writing, but it is very broad in scope, including representations from alphabets to astrological charts and even floor plans of the library itself.
    For us, I would like to see Margie’s work incorporate some of the “traditional” symbols of language and knowledge, such as hieroglyphics, (which are also beautiful visual designs) but also, since we are an ischool, include representations of a programming language or bits of digital data – which represent the information world we live in today.

  3. Megan Oakleaf

    May 27th, 2009

    Like Barbara, I would like to see this work include the broadest possible view of information. I recently viewed James Sicner’s mural in Coates Library at Trinity University, and I really enjoyed the artist’s wide-ranging intepretation of printing and writing. The links below describe that mural and show some sections of it, although photos don’t quite do it justice:

    http://lib.trinity.edu/libinfo/mural/index.shtml

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Coates_LibrarySA.jpg

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/66947266@N00/2380102967/

    I would also like to see a sense of action infused in the work–a focus on human interaction with information. That would include the individual in the act of searching, evaluating, and using information of course, but also representations of the other hallmarks of the iSchool such as collaboration.

  4. Megan Oakleaf

    May 27th, 2009

    Like Barbara, I would like to see this work include the broadest possible view of information. I recently viewed James Sicner’s mural in Coates Library at Trinity University, and I really enjoyed the artist’s wide-ranging intepretation of printing and writing. The links below describe that mural and show some sections of it, although photos don’t quite do it justice:

    http://lib.trinity.edu/libinfo/mural/index.shtml

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Coates_LibrarySA.jpg

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/66947266@N00/2380102967/

    I would also like to see a sense of action infused in the work–a focus on human interaction with information. That would include the individual in the act of searching, evaluating, and using information of course, but also representations of the other hallmarks of the iSchool such as collaboration.

  5. David M Pimentel

    Jun 3rd, 2009

    Typographical symbols and punctuation marks are inherently woven into the fabric of recorded information. I’m personally partial to the “index” symbol myself.

    While the symbol is often used for somewhat whimsical effect — e.g.,
    http://tiltingpress.com/banner1.gif — I think it nicely captures the very *human* instinct of pointing/referring to information.

  6. David M Pimentel

    Jun 3rd, 2009

    Typographical symbols and punctuation marks are inherently woven into the fabric of recorded information. I’m personally partial to the “index” symbol myself.

    While the symbol is often used for somewhat whimsical effect — e.g.,
    http://tiltingpress.com/banner1.gif — I think it nicely captures the very *human* instinct of pointing/referring to information.

  7. John D'Ignazio

    Jun 9th, 2009

    I wanted to volunteer an image of some informational power. The “lines of force” drawing was a substantial factor in spreading information regarding electromagnetism — thus leading to the radio and cellphones in use in our daily lives. Lines of force were drawn by Faraday in his experimentation with magnets and electricity, and Maxwell picked them up to enhance understanding of his mathematical equations that unified electricity and magnetism into one phenomenon. Einstein cited this development as a major leap of mankind to go beyond a Newtonian view of physical reality. For an example go to
    http://curvebank.calstatela.edu/maxwell/maxwell.htm
    towards the bottom of the page.

  8. John D'Ignazio

    Jun 9th, 2009

    I wanted to volunteer an image of some informational power. The “lines of force” drawing was a substantial factor in spreading information regarding electromagnetism — thus leading to the radio and cellphones in use in our daily lives. Lines of force were drawn by Faraday in his experimentation with magnets and electricity, and Maxwell picked them up to enhance understanding of his mathematical equations that unified electricity and magnetism into one phenomenon. Einstein cited this development as a major leap of mankind to go beyond a Newtonian view of physical reality. For an example go to
    http://curvebank.calstatela.edu/maxwell/maxwell.htm
    towards the bottom of the page.

  9. Susan Bonzi

    Jun 9th, 2009

    Margie asked for names of important people in information. I vote for Vannevar Bush (“As We May Think”)

  10. Ruth Small

    Jun 9th, 2009

    I have seen many examples of Margie’s magnificent artwork (including a piece that I am lucky enough to own). I am always struck by her incredible sense and intensity of color and movement, as well as her incorporation of nature into her work. I would not like to see this intensity and passion get lost by trying to be too literal in interpreting the field of information. So, I’d like to suggest a focus on more abstract concepts like innovation, creativity, and collaboration that are the hallmarks of all facets of our success as a School.

  11. David M Pimentel

    Jun 9th, 2009

    I would agree with Susan that a list of “important people” would be incomplete without Vannevar Bush.

    Depending on the focus of the list, I would likely include Charles Babbage, Eugene Garfield, Paul Otlet, and Tim Berners-Lee.

    Of course these lists can just keep growing: Claude Shannon, Samuel Morse, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, George Eastman …

    ASIST History SIG had a project focused on Information Science pioneers, they included both people and organizations. Former iSchool dean Bob Taylor is among those represented.
    http://www.libsci.sc.edu/bob/ISP/isp.htm

  12. David M Pimentel

    Jun 9th, 2009

    I would agree with Susan that a list of “important people” would be incomplete without Vannevar Bush.

    Depending on the focus of the list, I would likely include Charles Babbage, Eugene Garfield, Paul Otlet, and Tim Berners-Lee.

    Of course these lists can just keep growing: Claude Shannon, Samuel Morse, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, George Eastman …

    ASIST History SIG had a project focused on Information Science pioneers, they included both people and organizations. Former iSchool dean Bob Taylor is among those represented.
    http://www.libsci.sc.edu/bob/ISP/isp.htm

  13. Anthony Rotolo

    Jun 9th, 2009

    Vannevar Bush is an excellent suggestion. Other important names in the history of information include: Gutenberg, Franklin, Morse, Boole, Bell, Jobs, Gates, Berners Lee, Page & Brin of google. There are many more.

    Regarding symbols, I agree with Barbara. I’d like to see early forms of communication depicted, and also include milestones like printing fonts, morse code, binary, programming code, HTML tags, emoticons, and modern icons like the RSS symbol http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rss

  14. Jaime Snyder

    Jun 11th, 2009

    Perhaps, in keeping with a desire for abstract representation, the famous names could be encoded in some way. Margie mentioned binary, but could also be morse code, braille, sign language, etc.

  15. Jaime Snyder

    Jun 11th, 2009

    Perhaps, in keeping with a desire for abstract representation, the famous names could be encoded in some way. Margie mentioned binary, but could also be morse code, braille, sign language, etc.

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